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Getting the Dishes Done

I used to have a lot of trouble getting my high school age children to get the dishes done.  I was always up early and often the kids would stay up after me.

I hate getting up to a dirty kitchen.  It was my job to cook and the kids were required to clean the kitchen.

The standard method, I yelled at them, I left threatening notes, I was mad and took away privledges.  It did not work.  I did not like being mad, I did not like staying around the house when the kids were grounded.

So the question was What can I do that won’t bother me that the kids will hate as punishment.

I sat them down and said here is the deal.  If you guys do not get the dishes done before you go to bed then I am going to read that as a statement that you want to talk to me.  I am going to Joyfully get you up at 5 AM or 6 AM at my convenience and we will all do the dishes together.  While we are at it we will do a little vacuuming and picking up also.

This worked for about two weeks.  Then the dishes weren’t done one Saturday Morning.  I got my music turned up loud, I turned on every light in the living room and Kitchen—it is way harder to go back to sleep if you are fully awakened with music and light–I got them out of bed.  I was nice I was smiling  and asking non stop questions.  How is school, how is your girlfriend, how is ….  Anyway I was very nice and loud and they got the dishes done.

About every month or two I would have to get them up but it was no longer a battle for me.  It was easy.

That was one of the biggest child interaction problems solutions.

Rick

Thoughts by Rick

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12/29/2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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